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    Default Anyone interested in Trad Boating parts of the Usk

    Oct 8/8 or 16/16

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    I could be tempted out on the earlier date.

    Are there plans for camping and doing two days?

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    Purely speculative so far. If there is something "on" I will be looking for 2 days, and probably B&B ing it. Its on Facebook too.

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    I'll keep an eye on plans as they develop!

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    you and three others

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    Hoping to do at least a day trip, either 8th or 9th.
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    Possibly... depends on dates and Grade or planned sections?

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    8th October is good for me
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    Quote Originally Posted by AdrianO View Post
    Possibly... depends on dates and Grade or planned sections?
    A typical plan would be Sennybridge to Aberbran on one day, and Talybont to Crickhowell on the other. Both are mostly grade 1 and 2, with a few 2+ or 3 depending on conditions. The former has 3 ledge drops, which can be entertaining, the latter has a couple of more complex rapids and is harder overall I would say. Some whitewater experience required, but they are good learning rivers, especially on the former, as the difficulties are basically just drops which can be portaged easily if unsure.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mal Grey View Post
    A typical plan would be Sennybridge to Aberbran on one day, and Talybont to Crickhowell on the other. Both are mostly grade 1 and 2, with a few 2+ or 3 depending on conditions. The former has 3 ledge drops, which can be entertaining, the latter has a couple of more complex rapids and is harder overall I would say. Some whitewater experience required, but they are good learning rivers, especially on the former, as the difficulties are basically just drops which can be portaged easily if unsure.
    Cheers Mal, maybe a little beyond my comfort zone at the minute then.

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    I now have a 2 day pass. (Certain promises have been made that include paint and ladders)
    Anyone know of a camp site local to both trips?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jamatrad View Post
    I now have a 2 day pass. (Certain promises have been made that include paint and ladders)
    Anyone know of a camp site local to both trips?
    Posh one at Pencelli Castle, another at Talybont. Not used them for years, so may be out of date.
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    My plan would be as Mal's above. A good warm up on the Saturday, and Spulers (spelling??) Folly on Sunday. We may have Mangy Mutt (I can do any "other" line you can see) with us, she's watching over on FB

    So provisional takers for the 8/9th
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    For clarity, this thread on SOTP will be the official info source, and I'll post on FB to that effect.

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    Pencelli Castle,
    This site looks Ok
    Hot showers and a pub near by.
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    Need to check my availability for the weekend of the 8th, but if as Mal says the planned stretches are good learning rivers then I am keen to give them a try.

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    Dunneyrr. I think Mal's point is that if you have some reasonable WW experience, then the Usk is a good place to improve it. There have been blogs with vids posted over the years, and it might be worth a look. The group so far are pretty experienced.

    It is what has become know as a "peer Group Trip". There will be no leader as such, although someone, probably me, will suggest start times etc. The expectation is that you will be able to look out for yourself, take sensible decisions on your own experience, and be appropriately equipped.

    This is not an attempt to put you off.

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    Looking at some of the photos I have seen, I think this may be a little out of my comfort zone this year. Oh well maybe next time!

    Have a good trip!
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    I would like to join this trip. I did some grade 2 and 3 paddling this summer, but would definitely benefit from paddling with more experienced people.

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    So provisional takers for the 8/9th
    Impcanoe
    Jamatrad
    Mal Grey
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    Mangy Mutt
    Marlow Canoe Club (I jest, but Mark and Adrian of that Ilk are to be on the river that weekend.)
    broadsman
    Duneyrr maybe

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    What nights are people camping? If any.

    Jammy - 2 nights
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    I'm still considering whether to camp or B&B

    Still not got the tent in the Bag!!!, but I have a better one I can use.

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    I'll possibly camp one night, though more likely do a there-and-back in a day.
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    Normally I would have jumped at the opportunity, but I've been out of action since April with a shoulder injury from a tumble skiing. But hoping to get back once I've built some more strength; paddled St Patrick's stream last week but not ready for two days' white water.

    Have a great time.

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    Hi Garth. I wondered where you were but didn't want to intrude. Maybe some flat water in the near future. St Ps stream is on my list for the next two weeks.

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    I'm working unfortunately the weekend 8th, but free the following if anything does come up!

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    It looks as though I'll be paddling 3 weekends out of four, which is probably enough.

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    Some me flat water paddling would be great, although the next two weeks are pretty full for me. But please keep me posted of any opportunities.

    Quote Originally Posted by Impcanoe View Post
    Hi Garth. I wondered where you were but didn't want to intrude. Maybe some flat water in the near future. St Ps stream is on my list for the next two weeks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Impcanoe View Post
    Dunneyrr. I think Mal's point is that if you have some reasonable WW experience, then the Usk is a good place to improve it. There have been blogs with vids posted over the years, and it might be worth a look. The group so far are pretty experienced.

    It is what has become know as a "peer Group Trip". There will be no leader as such, although someone, probably me, will suggest start times etc. The expectation is that you will be able to look out for yourself, take sensible decisions on your own experience, and be appropriately equipped.

    This is not an attempt to put you off.

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    Thanks Peter for the heads-up regarding my misinterpretation of Mal's post. Having looked at some of the bloggs for this stretch of river I think I will give it a miss this time. It does look a nice river though so it will be going on my list of paddling objectives for the future.

    Hope you have a good time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Duneyrr View Post
    Thanks Peter for the heads-up regarding my misinterpretation of Mal's post. Having looked at some of the bloggs for this stretch of river I think I will give it a miss this time. It does look a nice river though so it will be going on my list of paddling objectives for the future.

    Hope you have a good time.

    Duneyrr
    Sorry for any confusion, yes I'd say you need a bit of white water experience at lower grades, but once you have that, its good for learning on. Definitely a reasonable step up from the likes of the hardest bits of the Wye for instance.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mal Grey View Post
    a reasonable step up from the likes of the hardest bits of the Wye
    Might I suggest that Llangurig to Rhayader can be quite challenging for a trad canoe.

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    Building on my reputation as a serial canceler, I am afraid I must withdraw from this event. Hope the rest of you can have a good weekend.

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    I'm going to have to drop out too. A little over-extended in October now.

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    wondered if this paddle is still going to happen as peter the original thread bearer has had to cancel?

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    Still keen for 8th/9th, but as only doing one day, depends if others are doing the whole weekend really.
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    Though I have never run this river before I am still up for it.
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    I'm very keen to paddle this but may be away with work, so definitely in the maybe camp at the moment.
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    If it ends up only being one or two of you, you would be welcome to tag along with the Marlow CC group. Let me know and I will tell you what our plans are (once they are worked out).

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    If I could tag along with you that would be great thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by Adrian Cooper View Post
    If it ends up only being one or two of you, you would be welcome to tag along with the Marlow CC group. Let me know and I will tell you what our plans are (once they are worked out).
    Thanks Adrian.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Adrian Cooper View Post
    If it ends up only being one or two of you, you would be welcome to tag along with the Marlow CC group. Let me know and I will tell you what our plans are (once they are worked out).
    That is very kind of you. Thank you
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    Levels look pretty low, with a dry week ahead. Thinking I may leave till later in the autumn when there should be more water, and revert to plan a (mountain biking). Any thoughts from those still interested?
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    I'm with your decision Mal.
    Next time.
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    I'm free now, but agree on the levels. I tried the royal dee in July and we ended up cutting it short due to the low levels hammering the boats.

    Next time for me chaps.

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    Please keep me in mind for future dates.

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    OK, unless anybody who's been down there recently suggests differently, I'm thinking the level on the gauge looks too low for me to drive down for what is only for me a day trip.

    I'd definitely like to do another date over the coming weeks.
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    as with the general consensus of the water levels ,another time then.

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